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story.lead_photo.caption COURTESY PHOTO Carly Pearce will perform at the 50th annual White Christmas Charity Ball on Dec. 8 to benefit Mercy Health Foundation Fort Smith.

Mercy Health Foundation and its backers have much to celebrate at this year's White Christmas Charity Ball on Dec. 8 at the Fort Smith Convention Center.

The group "will celebrate three proud anniversaries -- 50th year for the Charity Ball, Mercy Fort Smith growing strong in its 165th year, and Fort Smith's Bicentennial commemoration," says Hollye Dickenson, Mercy Health Foundation senior annual giving officer.

White Christmas Charity Ball

Who: Mercy Health Foundation Fort Smith

What: Country music performances, former Miss America Savvy Shields, live auction, dinner, dancing

When: 5 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 8

Where: Fort Smith Convention Center

Tickets: Sold out

Attire: Black tie optional

Information: (479) 314-1133 or www.mercy.net/practice/mercy-health-foundation-fort-smith

Guests will enter the convention center to a mini-museum replete with artifacts depicting the history of the event, the Sisters of Mercy and the city founded Dec 26, 1817.

The black-tie optional evening will feature former Miss America Savvy Shields and a performance by Brett Young, country pop artist whose hits from his eponymous debut album include "Sleep Without You" and "In Case You Didn't Know." Country artist Carly Pearce will perform for the VIP meet and greet, and the Emerald City Band will play at the Defrost After Party.

The Special Appeal segment of the benefit will seek donations for Shepherd's Light, an oncology navigation program to help address the increase of cancer patients upon Mercy's recent merger with Cooper Clinics.

-- CARIN SCHOPPMEYER

cschoppmeyer@nwadg.com

NAN Profiles on 11/26/2017

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